Toolbox Talks see 184 electricians add names to Wall of Support 

SELECT’s campaign for regulation of the electrical industry has received a boost after more than 180 electricians added their names to the Wall of Support at our recent Toolbox Talks.

Our roadshows in May and June saw contractors from a range of SELECT Member firms give their backing to our growing running crusade for protection of title for the profession of electrician.

A total of 184 electricians from across Scotland have now joined MPs, MSPs, trade bodies and industry groups on the wall, with their names listed behind a ‘super brick’ at the heart of the digital graphic.

In a further sign of accelerating momentum, the campaign has also been endorsed by Certsure LLP, which offers certification services through the NICEIC brand, with Managing Director Richard Orton adding his name to the Wall.

Mr Orton (pictured above), who joined the organisation in January, said: “Technical integrity is at our core and we are supportive of any initiative designed to strengthen standards, encourage continued professional development and ensure regular assessments take place. 

“Such initiatives highlight responsible electrical contractors, and subsequently enable consumers to make informed choices when selecting an electrical contractor. That is why Certsure is supportive of SELECT’s protection of title campaign.”

Associate Member TCW is another recent addition to the Wall, with CEO and founder Ryan Dempsey signing up after attending our Toolbox Talks. 

His arrival follows that of Owen Thompson MP, Member of the UK Parliament for Midlothian and SNP Chief Whip, as well as a number of MSPs and other trade associations.

Alan Wilson, Managing Director of SELECT, said: “It is clear that there is a continuing groundswell of support for our campaign, bolstered by our recent Toolbox Talks that delivered our message and aims in person to a wide audience.

“The ever-growing numbers of electrotechnical professionals who attend the talks for up-to-the-minute technical advice appreciate that regulation is essential to protect our industry, and as a result have been only too willing to offer their very welcome support to our campaign.

“We are also particularly pleased to welcome Certsure to the Wall of Support. It is an organisation for which we have the deepest respect and which shares our commitment to placing quality at centre stage as we seek to enhance and improve the industry.”

The drive for protection of title is currently under consideration in the Scottish Parliament, with SELECT now planning meetings with other MPs and MSPs in the coming months to add further names to the Wall of Support.